The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:|
rose, and, standing perfectly upright, with his knees close together,
his elbows pressed to his body, and his hands half open, he said:
"Barca, Carthage has need that you should take the general command of
the Punic forces against the Mercenaries!"
"I refuse," replied Hamilcar.
"We will give you full authority," cried the chiefs of the Syssitia.
"With no control, no partition, all the money that you want, all the
captives, all the booty, fifty zereths of land for every enemy's
"No! no! because it is impossible to conquer with you!"